Marathon Training and My Theory about Tapering

Shelley's DiaryWell, all of the long runs of my marathon training are done. The hay is in the barn, as my coach said. (apparently that’s the thing to say after marathon training is complete!) I did my first official 20 mile race last weekend.

And I think I’ve discovered why there is a taper between long runs and the marathon

My theory is that it’s kind of like childbirth. Continue reading “Marathon Training and My Theory about Tapering”

The Great American Smokeout: “Training Day” for Quitting Smoking

Great American Smokeout - Training DayMark Twain famously said, “Giving up smoking is easy. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”

As a former smoker, I can relate. I don’t remember how many times I quit. But I would never consider those times “failures”. They were learning opportunities.

“Training,” if you will, for the day it would finally stick.

Continue reading “The Great American Smokeout: “Training Day” for Quitting Smoking”

More Adventures in Marathon Training

Shelley's DiaryKeeping the long runs interesting in one’s hometown can be challenging. Especially when you live in a “big little city” where the long run takes you from one end of town to the other.

And I learned a lesson this past weekend. Continue reading “More Adventures in Marathon Training”

What should I eat before I run?

what should I eat before I run?What should I eat before I run? It’s an important question to answer. What and when you eat before a run can make a huge difference in how you feel during the run.

Too much of the wrong thing, too soon before the run, can make you feel sick; while too little of anything can leave you with low energy. Either scenario makes completing the run more challenging than it needs to be.

It’s a lot of trial and error. And it’s very personal. Continue reading “What should I eat before I run?”

Marathon Training: Week 6

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Marathon training is, not surprisingly, proving to be educational! Continue reading “Marathon Training: Week 6”

Running In the Dark

running in the darkAhhh, fall weather is upon us. Some might say it’s the perfect running weather.

But the days are shorter.

If you’re an early morning runner, that means it’s still dark when your feet hit the pavement. And if you’re an evening runner, the sun may have set before you even get off of work. No matter what time of day, depending on where you run, the dark can be, well, a little scary.

Here are some tips to help you feel safe when running in the dark. Continue reading “Running In the Dark”

Week 3 of Marathon Training: The Hills Are Alive

Shelley's DiaryThe hills are alive…just ask my calves, quads and glutes!

Hills played a large part in this week of marathon training. This was in part by design and in part due to my neighborhood geography! Continue reading “Week 3 of Marathon Training: The Hills Are Alive”

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